Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary | Behind the Scenes PhotosSecretary Clinton champions partnerships during her trip to Africa.“We want to be your partner, not your patron.” That’s what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today told leaders at the Forum of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), echoing a core theme of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy. Secretary Clinton is championing partnerships throughout her 11-day trip to Africa.
Her message matches a statement made this week by the presidents of Liberia, Rwanda, Botswana and Senegal, who co-wrote an op-ed entitled “Partnership, Not Patronage.”
“Africa seeks not patrons but collaborators who will work ‘with’ rather than ‘for’ the continent. If the Obama administration wishes to truly make a difference, it must do so as an equal partner,” they wrote.
President Obama and Secretary Clinton have made this idea a foundation of U.S. foreign policy.
In his speech in Ghana in July, President Obama said, “The West has often approached Africa as a patron or a source of resources rather than a partner,” but that he sees the people of Africa as “partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children.”
And in her major address at the Council on Foreign Relations, Secretary Clinton stressed the power of partnerships in development, saying, “These initiatives must not be designed to help countries scrape by – they are a tool to help countries stand on their own.”
On her trip, the Secretary is highlighting examples of successful partnerships and bottom-up solutions. You can read more about the trip here.